What you could conquer with proper alignment?

Achieving good alignment is not easy. You’d think a professional ballet dancer would have no problem with alignment. Think again. Just like everyone else, good alignment and pain-free movement is something that evolves over time. It can’t be “mastered” in a couple hours. So, when professional dancer and Pilates instructor Demetria came to me with her […]


Inspired Communities Make Us Stronger

Spring training is happening all around the Bay. So many of you are signing up for half marathons, bike races, triathlons, and even muddy obstacle runs. I love it! I love the enthusiasm and the excitement of trying something new. I love that you’re pushing yourselves, often into the unknown. And selfishly, I love that […]


Everyday I teach Pilates.

In the wake of recent events, I’m taking stock. Everyday I teach Pilates. Yes, it’s “just” exercise. But in these uncertain times, I’m realizing it goes beyond fitness. Let me start with a little background. About ten years ago I set out to open a Pilates studio in the North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco. […]

Five Reasons to Try Pilates

Are you ready to see your body transform right before your eyes? If you answered yes, then Pilates could be the key to your transformation. Originally invented in the early 1920’s, people around the globe have come to embrace the lifelong benefits of Joseph Pilates’ vision and how it can change your body and life forever. […]

Wanna Be Inspired? See Pro Cyclist Katie Hall Do Pilates.

Katie Hall, UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team American professional cyclist Katie Hall is a fierce competitor with an infectious positive attitude. I met Katie in the off season, while she was preparing for a series of races in Europe as part of the brand-new Women’s World Tour, which culminates in the La Course race in Paris, […]

Pilates is my Travel Buddy

While most of us simply relax when we go on vacation, we don’t always realize the toll traveling can take on our bodies. Whether you travel by air, by land, or by sea, you’ll most likely experience extended periods of immobility, which can put stress on your body, resulting in stiffness, soreness, and for some, […]

Let’s Drink to your Health!

Water is our body’s source of life but the majority of us are walking around dehydrated and don’t have a clue. All functions of the body require water; it’s a crucial component of the biological make-up of all human cells. Water flushes toxins out from organs and enables the liver to metabolize stored fat quicker, […]

Mat Pilates vs Reformer: What’s the Difference?

Many newcomers wonder if they should be rolling out a mat to do their Pilates, or strapping into a reformer — the equipment developed by Pilates creator Joseph Pilates. So what’s the difference between mat Pilates and reformer Pilates?  There are actually several. Working against resistance is essential to the 500 classical Pilates exercises, which are designed […]